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ehs1193 Cumberland Island - A travel report by Ethan
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Cumberland Island,  United States - flag United States -  Georgia
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Cumberland Island

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Where in Georgia would you call something serene and historic at the same time? You can see where a historic philanthropist's brother lived and see wild yet beautiful horses on this little island of the coast of Georgia.


Horses grazing in the marsh
Horses grazing in the marsh
To get to Cumberland Island, you have to go to St. Marys, a quaint little town just north of the border with Florida. After the briefing on the littering rules, etc., you get on the ferry. I'd go the first thing in the morning so you can have as much time as you want. It does take a good 40-45 minutes to get to the island. This small island off the coast of Georgia is a great place to come. You can go camping or just take a day trip. To get to Cumberland Island, you have to go to St. Marys, a quaint little town just north of the border with Florida. After the briefing on the littering rules, etc., you get on the ferry. I'd go the first thing in the morning so you can have as much time as you want. It does take a good 40-45 minutes to get to the island. Now there are two options: you can either get off at the first dock, and go explore the island or wait and go to the second dock to get to the campsite. If you get off at the first dock, don't take the tour. Sure you can learn about the history, but it still is a bit too boring. First, you should maybe go to the bathroom. Next, follow to the Dungeness Trail to, you guessed it, Dungeness Castle. Now a little history lesson. Andrew Carnegie's younger brother built it in the 1880s. By the 20's, Dungeness was rarely used. The ruins that you see today are the remains of the burnt structure that was lit in the 50's. If you walk further you can see the Servant's Quarters and the Carriage House, used by the Carnegies. A little bit further and through a narrow trail, you can see the old cemetery. You take some pictures and you end up in this sandy marsh, the one that you heard about from the tour guides because they are saving them. You walk a long ways on a boardwalk-like path to get to the expansive beach. If you haven't seen the elusive horses, you will see them here. Walk alng the beach and then through the campsites and you'll find yourself at the second dock. Walk down the River Trail and it will be time to go.

Favourite spots:
Dungeness Castle
Dungeness Castle
You should definetly go to the beach. Walking along the coast, seeing the horses grazing should make you feel soothing. Dungeness is an eerie yet mandatory stop on Cumberland Island. The gnarled live oaks make the eerieness a little more intense.

What's really great:
The secluded cemetery
The secluded cemetery
If you're a history buff going to see the old Dungeness Castle and the creepy cemetery, or if you want to get away from you old life and just walk along the Atlantic Ocean, you need to come here.

Accommodations:
If you want to stay overnight, you might want to go camping. The showers actually have warm water! I would come during the November. The weather isn't too hot or too cold. You still might need a jacket though.

Other recommendations:
Really old car
Really old car
Walking along the trail from the beach to the campgrounds is one of the most relaxing things you can do. The forest doesn't look like Georgia. It looks more like something in Washington State. Either way, it's still a great place to go.

Published on Saturday February 18th, 2006


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Sun, Mar 26 2006 - 01:53 PM rating by marianne

Wunderkind,
I like the way you give your readers instructions what to do and how to get there. Funny picture; Really Old Car and so is the caption. I take it that you are not really interested in history. Did you lik ethe cemetry? I likethe tomb stone photo. I always want to see how old people were when they died. This Catherine was quite old.

Marianne
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Thu, Mar 16 2006 - 09:33 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Interesting report

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